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Miyajima Aquarium, Hatsukaichi

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#2 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Chugoku
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
At Miyajima Aquarium, see 13,000 creatures of 350 distinct species from the Seto-inland Sea. Imported animals like otters, penguins, and sea lions perform entertaining shows, and feeding times of various residents also draw a crowd--particularly the manta rays and turtles. In the first floor, kids can interact with starfish, sea cucumbers, and other gentle creatures in the tidal pool. Highlights include an area dedicated to Kabuto-gani, a horseshoe crab that has not changed for a million years. Information boards are provided in English, and the aquarium has all the necessary facilities, including a cafeteria, restrooms, and picnic area. A visit to Miyajima Aquarium represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hatsukaichi vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It's a nice aquarium in Japan, of the shows of sea lions, penguins lunches, small fish to touch and spaces glazed to see marine wildlife. After touring the temples of the island and various activities, the aquarium is a great place on a rainy day.
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  • We have visited many aquariums and this is our favourite! It's not big but it has plenty to offer. Would recommend a visit.  more »
  • Exhibits, such as dolphins, penguins enjoy rich and small in size. Oyster unique and interesting exhibits of rafts.
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  • We loved it. Visited on a Friday 1.5 hour before closing and it was quite empty and just about enough time to enjoy everything even if stopping everywhere. The larger aquariums especially are quite elaborate and smartly done. A bit pricey but totally worth it especially if this is your only aquarium in Japan like it was for us. There is some English signage, many details are Japanese only but I suppose Wikipedia can fill in the details.
  • Nice aquarium with plenty to see. A couple of unexpected marine animals in there. Plus a penguin show and petting experience. Well worth a visit.
  • Compared to aquariums in Europe this seems very reasonably priced - 1400 yen for an adult, and has always been reasonably quiet whenever I've been. The gift shop is pretty good too - we loved the talking penguins.
  • Surprisingly well stocked with loads of interesting fish and fish enclosures including rays and sharks. 3 and 1 year old were engaged for hours. Price was high but fair (kids were free)
  • Compact and clean. Long walk from ferry. Kid oriented.

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Where to stay in Hatsukaichi

With its historic temples and shrines, scenic coastal areas, and wealth of inland trekking potential, Hatsukaichi has a number of accommodations to complement the vast array available in neighboring Hiroshima. Many visitors do decide to stay in the larger city to the east, but if you're particularly set on staying in Hatsukaichi, you won't be disappointed by the choice. Look close to the sea for the more upmarket rooms offering views of the bay, and on some of the narrower side streets for budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels. The same goes for the island just offshore. With its shrine and history, many choose to stay on Itsukushima, close to the Miyajima shrine.
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